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LAW OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

On June 13, 2000 No. 892-IG

About the territorial device and administrative-territorial division

(as amended on 16-12-2016)

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Purpose of the Law

This Law establishes the legal basis of the territorial device and administrative-territorial division of the Azerbaijan Republic, and also registration, establishment and change of borders, names of its territorial units or change of their names, and also powers of state bodies and municipalities in regulation of other questions connected with the territorial device and administrative-territorial division of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Article 2. The basic concepts used in this Law

2.1. The territorial device - division of the Azerbaijan Republic as the unitary state having the single territory on the corresponding parts based on articles 7 and 11 of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic and criteria provided by this Law.

2.2. Administrative-territorial division - division of the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic, as unitary state, on certain parts for the purpose of the effective organization of ensuring with public authorities of management, legality, the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens.

2.3. The settlement - part of the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic with compact accommodation of the population where it is registered at the place of residence (further - constantly lives), having residential and other buildings and constructions, the special name, necessary for ensuring their activity, and territorial borders (the city, the settlement, the village) established by the legislation.

2.4. Territorial unit - the part of the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic limited to certain borders (the area, the city, the urban area, the settlement, the village).

2.5. Administrative and territorial unit - territorial unit within which public authorities are created (the city, the area, the urban area).

2.6. The administrative-territorial district - territorial unit (the city, the settlement, the village) within which local authorities of the government are created.

2.7. The area - the administrative and territorial unit of the Azerbaijan Republic uniting several administrative-territorial districts which historically arose organized from the territories with stable and stable commercial, cultural and social relations for the purpose of centralization of management of all territory of the Azerbaijan Republic, increase in efficiency of implementation of the state functions, and also the maximum approach of public authorities to the population.

2.8. The city - the administrative and territorial unit which is the administrative, economic or cultural center of adjacent territorial units with the population more than 15.000 people most of which is engaged in the industry, economy, social or non-productive spheres (in the public or municipal service, in municipal services, on objects of public catering, cultural or historical objects, etc.).

2.9. The urban area - the administrative and territorial unit created based on separation of the territories of the cities into certain parts for the purpose of increase in effective management of the cities with the big territories including the organizations of execution of the decisions connected with providing satisfaction of welfare and household requirements of the population and legality.

2.10. The settlement - territorial unit most of which of the population works at economic, industrial, social units, objects of municipal services, public catering, historical, cultural, resort objects, in state bodies or administrative authorities and other spheres.

2.11. The village - territorial unit most of which of the population goes in for agricultural industry.

2.12. The state register of territorial units the state source of information resources reflecting documentary information on territorial units, administrative-territorial districts and local administrative-territorial districts of the Azerbaijan Republic.

2.13. the local administrative-territorial district - the territory of creation of local authorities of the government in the territory of the territorial unit which is the administrative center of city administrative and territorial unit without district division and in the part of the territory of administrative territorial unit which is not covered by the administrative territorial district like the urban area.

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